May 15: Election results.

Farewell note from our outgoing president.

In this week’s AIFD newsletter:

– AIFD Board Elections .. check out the results, pictures of outgoing and incoming board members, and message from Denise;

– City of Austin update;

– Zoom events;

And more fun stuff.

May 8: Jasmine

From Denise:

The City of Austin has begun to open up parks and outdoor activities. Please be safe and use masks and social distancing to protect yourself and others.

Denise FynmoreOur AIFD Board elections will take place this week. Please return your ballot promptly; we will announce the results of the election in next week’s Newsletter.

There continues to be LOTS of online folk dancing and other dancing available on ZOOM, Facebook and YouTube. Check our Facebook page to see new events as they are added. AIFD’s first ZOOM dance last Friday was awesome!! We had great dance leaders, great dances, and LOTS of people.

Jasmine Guha-Castle.
Jasmine Guha Castle

We are sad to announce that on Monday, April 27, Jasmine Guha-Castle lost her long running battle against cancer. Jasmine grew up in Oxford, England, which is also where she met her husband, George. They moved to Austin several years ago. Jasmine and her daughter, Soraya (now 17), attended Texas Camp many times, and Soraya also accompanied Jasmine folk dancing nights at Hancock Center.

In addition to dancing, Jasmine enjoyed swimming at Barton Springs, walking dogs at animal shelters, and volunteering for the Miracle Foundation. She served as the AIFD secretary twice and often was the assistant DJ at AIFD. Jasmine had a warm heart for dogs and other animals, always having at least two at home. If you would like to make a donation in Jasmine’s memory please consider organizations that care for animals.

For more information, including details of this week’s AIFD Board Elections, check out this week’s AIFD newsletter.

Live Music for AIFD!

Zoom Concert with Shirley Johnson.

When: Friday, April 10th, 2020, 7:30-8:30 PM Central Time.

Shirley JohnsonShirley will be playing your favorite folk dance tunes for your listening / dancing pleasure. This will be the first time that Shirley will be hosting a Zoom concert! Since it is on Zoom, hopefully you will get a chance to interact a bit with your friends!

To access the concert, go to the link above and register (First name, Last name. email) and then follow the instructions. We recommend you do this well before the concert so you’ll be online and ready when the music begins.

The concert is FREE. $5 donations at her virtual tip jar at would be greatly appreciated.

If you have any questions feel free to email Shirley at or

Quarantine Help

During these difficult times, AIFD is maintaining a list of fund raising efforts for people in our folk dance community affected by the Coronavirus.

The list includes fund raising efforts for specific needs (such as Petur Iliev’s house burning down) to more general efforts (such as donations to food banks).

If you know of a fund raising effort that you would like AIFD to add to this list, please forward the link to

This list will be available through the AIFD weekly newsletter,, and via our FB pages.

Quarantine Live Events.

Do you have live music or other activities you would like to share with the AIFD community during quarantine? We can help get the word out.

Email us at with details about what, when, and how (medium). and we can list it in the AIFD newsletter, on, and on Facebook.

If your event is stepping on other events in such a way that can impact attendance, we can help coordinate scheduling.

Unfortunately, at this point, we cannot assist with technicalities, such as providing a Zoom account, but there are plenty of resources out there to help you with this.

AIFD on Facebook

The Austin International Folk Dancers maintains 2 pages on Facebook: An AIFD Facebook page and an AIFD Facebook Group page.

What’s the difference?

– The AIFD Facebook page is visible to the world but can only be updated by owners and editors.

– The AIFD Facebook Group page is private. Any member can post content. That content will be available to anyone in the group. Admins approve requests to join .. mainly to keep out scammers and spammers.

Mar 27: Note from our Prez.

From the AIFD Board President:
Denise FynmoreWe sincerely hope and pray that all our AIFD dancers are faring well during this time of the COVID-19 virus. Travis County has instituted a shelter-in-place order that started Tuesday, March 24, a serious measure that is aimed at stopping transmission of the virus in order to “flatten the curve.” We urge everyone to follow this guidance as much as is possible, because the sooner the virus is stopped, the sooner we can get back to DANCING. We will not do this until we are 100% sure it is safe to do so. I miss folk dancing and my dancing friends, and I look forward to seeing you all on the dance floor as soon as possible. We will keep you updated on any information on resuming folk dancing. Please take care and stay safe! – Denise Fynmore.

For more information, including links to upcoming events, AIFD Newsletter.